An initiative has been launched that brings together the varied catering services of some of Perthshire’s finest producers into a collective offering.
‘Eat Perthshire’ aims to provide a single point of contact for event organisers throughout Scotland looking to source catering for events with the capability to handle large numbers matched with the quality and integrity of local suppliers.
Developed by Perth and Kinross Council’s inward investment campaign, Invest in Perth, Eat Perthshire was established as part of an overarching plan to support an industry at the heart of Perthshire life.
LovSushi, a firm that is part of the Eat Perthshire offering, was formed just under four years ago by Ross Brown and Fraser Potter to recreate the quality of sushi they tasted on their travels, prioritising fresh Perthshire produce wherever possible.
The Lov brand has already expanded strongly into an events catering with 3 units including Mexican and another planned for this year. The company now employs up to 22 seasonal staff, as well as three in full time positions. Ross and Fraser have also purchased another struggling company Cochrane Cottage which offers Fat Free dressings and marinades and is developing from strength to strength.
Ross Brown, Director of LovSushi, said: “The support we have had from Perth and Kinross Council has been tremendous, it has had a direct positive impact on the number of local staff we have been able to take on.
“At times of tough cutbacks and increased pressure on key services, they have been able to offer business support also securing funding for important events – vital for businesses such as ours.
“Eat Perthshire is especially exciting for us as we hope to gain contacts, allowing small businesses to collaborate and prosper locally – that can only be a good thing.”
Other businesses confirmed as part of the offering include: Hugh Grierson Organic; Sascha and Hugh Grierson; Fraser Potter and Ross Brown; Tabla;
Seriously Good Venison; Vikki Banks; The Wee Pie Company; Rose Martin;
Jim Fairlie, and the Simon Howie Foods Trailer.
Suzanne Cumiskey, Business Development Officer at Invest in Perth, said: “Food and drink is integral to the economy of Perthshire and I am personally delighted to see the support the industry is getting through truly innovative initiatives and projects.
“Eat Perthshire is another great way of celebrating the rich produce we have on our doorstep and an opportunity to market it to the rest of the country.
“Collaboration is great for future growth and is central to everything at Eat Perthshire. Beyond that, the recent UK Craft Distillers conference and Showcasing Scotland have showcased Perthshire firms to a larger audience.”
Eat Perthshire will be given a dedicated page on the recently revamped Invest in Perth website and is available via www.eatperthshire.com.